Female Game Makers Earn 86 Cents For Every Male Dollar
Women continue to make substantially less than men in the video game industry.
That, at least, is the indication of the latest edition of Gamasutra’s annual Game Developer Salary Survey. The survey which polls more than releases on an annual basis and combines data from a collective of more than 4,000 industry professionals revealed that women in the business of making games make, across the board, around $13,000 less than their male counterparts each year.
While this is definitely a sad state of affairs the survey also took time to point out that the game industry’s pay gap, while substantial, is actually smaller than the national average. Whereas women around the United States make an average of 77 cents for every dollar their male coworkers make, women in the game industry make about 86 cents. The survey would go on to discuss the likely reasons for this gap and some potential ways that it could be reduced or even eliminated in the future.
“One of the prevailing theories, reported by Pew Research, is that women are more likely to experience career interruption than men, as a higher percentage of women take time off to care for family,” said the report. “Such career interruptions could have an impact on longer-term earnings.”
To counter this issue the survey recommended developer adopting “more flexibility in working conditions and hours.” It then cited a recent paper by Harvard professor Claudia Goldin who expressed her belief that the wage gap would disappear completely “if firms did not incentive individuals who [labor] long hours.” In other words, what every major game company basically does.